Tim Tebow: Jets' Game Plan Proves QB Will Never Start for Team

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets runs the ball against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Texans won 23-17. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow's New York Jets career has yet to really get started. Given the way the team keeps designing game plans week after week with him not doing much of anything, there is no reason to ever think he will get the chance to start for them. 

All you need to do is look back to Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts for evidence that Tebow is not a part of Rex Ryan's plan for this team. 

The Jets knew that the Colts were weak up the middle, so they designed a plan to exploit that weakness. They ran the ball 44 times, compared to just 19 passes. 

To be fair, Tebow did get in on the action, at least a little bit. He completed his one and only pass of the game for 23 yards and ran the ball four times for seven yards. 

But in a situation where you know you are going to run the ball more than twice as many times as pass, wouldn't you think the Jets would try to use this supposedly great weapon out of the backfield more than five times?

You can say that Shonn Greene was running so well that they didn't need Tebow, but it was clear Tebow was never going to be a big part of the offense. And if he isn't getting into a game when they are dominating at the line of scrimmage, what's there to make anyone think the Jets want him near the starting quarterback job?

Les Carpenter of Yahoo! Sports wrote the best article about Tebow all season, saying that he "has turned into something less than even a decoy."

He has become, at best, some kind of undefined threat to opponents and at worse a constant threat to Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. Otherwise, he seems like someone the Jets don't need at all. It raises the question: Why is he even here?

Therein lies the dilemma that Ryan and Jets fans have been trying to figure out this whole time: Why is Tebow in New York?

There is a principle known as Occam's Razor, which basically says that the simplest answer is the right one. 

The simplest answer for why Tebow is in New York is because Jets' owner Woody Johnson wanted the headlines that the Giants were getting after they won the Super Bowl. 

It makes sense. If you want people to talk about your team, go out and get the most talked about player the league has seen since Brett Favre retired. 

But in doing so, Johnson put Ryan and the coaching staff in the unenviable position of having to find ways to play Tebow. He is not an NFL quarterback, regardless of what Skip Bayless and other clueless analysts would have you believe. 

Say what you want about Mark Sanchez, but at least he has had some success throwing the ball in the NFL. That is far more than anyone can say about Tebow. 

What we saw the Jets do in Week 6 was a wake-up call to everyone screaming for Tebow to be the starter. Ryan is not going to do it because he sees the same things that everyone else does. 

It is simple logic: If Tebow looked better than Sanchez as a quarterback, Ryan would play him. Ryan's job could very well be on the line this season, so he has no reason to play favorites with anyone. He has to play the best hand he can with what he has. 

Tebow got in the way of everything because of an egocentric owner who couldn't stand that other New York team winning championships and getting coverage on the back page of the local newspapers. 

Unless Sanchez gets hurt, Tebow's role on this team is always going to be that of a little-used wildcat quarterback. Starting is not something that anyone has in mind for him, other than Tebow and surely to some extent, Johnson.